Archive for March, 2012:

Missile Launch: A Show of Weakness or Strength?

By | March 31, 2012

Conjectural writings on the meaning of the announced North Korean missile launch are in no short supply these days, but answers remain difficult to come by. Filip Ek, Sino-NK’s Analyst at Lund University, Sweden, arrives at the subject with a solid reading of some of the recent journal literature, seeking patterns of provocation, fissure, and […]

Options Abound: Weekly Digest

By | March 31, 2012

 The big news around Seoul this week was the arrival of Barack Obama for the Seoul Nuclear Security Summit, his visit to the DMZ (predicted several weeks ago on One Free Korea) and the flurry of stories related to North Korea’s planned rocket launch.  Given reports of US intentions to “overhaul its approach towards North […]

Zhang Dejiang and the DPRK: Enter the Electronics Industrial Working Delegation

By | March 30, 2012

Even when rockets emblazoned with hangul are being trundled around the periphery, strange developments in domestic politics maintain a certain primacy. In an unusually precipitous public clash of swords between the Obama and Romney camps this past week, the subject of East Asia never arose once, in spite of the fact that the POTUS was […]

China’s North Korean Refugee Problem

By | March 29, 2012

The following piece on China and North Korean refugees comes to us from Sokeel Park, Research and Policy Analyst for LiNK (Liberty in North Korea), a US-based NGO that provides emergency assistance to North Korean refugees. The essay was recently featured on “Speaking Freely” at Asia Times Online, an open forum for guest writers to contribute their opinions on […]

Pyongyang’s Take on the Beijing Model of Development: KCNA Files No. 11 and 12

By | March 28, 2012

Click here to view KNCA File No. 11 (Feb 19 – Feb 25) in its entirety.   Click here to view KCNA File No. 12 (Feb 26 – March 3) in its entirety. Does Africa need a Marshall Plan?  Western analysts nod in agreement.  Developmental economists argue that significant investment in African business and infrastructure is necessary to get Africa on […]

Trees and a Trinity: Environmental Narratives Revised at the Accession of Kim Jong-il

By | March 27, 2012

  “Trees and a Trinity: Environmental Narratives Revised at the Accession of Kim Jong-il” by Robert Winstanley-Chesters The shenanigans surrounding “the freeze/not the freeze” and controversy connected to the DPRK’s intention for a new satellite launch are an object lesson for anyone still sticking to the maxim of calling a spade, a spade. The DPRK, […]